NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) – Due to the increase in COVID cases in east Texas, there is more demand for accessible testing sites. This request led to a new pop-up test site in Nacogdoches.
Embry Health has set up a mobile PCR testing area at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center, which is free to anyone wishing to take a test. Nacogdoches County EMS Coordinator Tara Triana explained the need for Embry Health’s presence.
“Some of our local health facilities contacted us and told us that we were having difficulty meeting the demand for testing,” said Triana. “We also knew people who were having trouble finding a location for a test, so we partnered with this company, Embry Health, to come in and help make the tests available.”
Embry Health logistics manager Miguel Pedraza said the unit was called in by county judges after their positive results in Arizona. The company has 75 locations there and works directly with Heath Tracks, who have also made them aware of the need for testing in East Texas.
“When we open a new location it tends to be slow,” Pedraza said. “Once we open for about two to three days, that’s when we see the numbers go up. But I’m really happy that people are coming today to get tested, and they trust us to provide the service to them.
The mobile facility test is not a rapid or antigenic test, it is a ten-second nasal swab that does not travel as far back into the nasal cavity as the first tests at the start of the pandemic.
“They asked us to come here and do what we do best, which is to serve the community,” said Pedraza. “So here we are, we are going to be here for the rest of the month every day serving the community and providing fast and reliable testing. “
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